What do I have to bring to the US with me?
As you pack your suitcases, follow the list below to make sure that you have everything you need with you on this trip.
- Driver License and proof of auto insurance
Bring your driver license and proof of auto insurance it they apply internationally.
- Immunization Records
Bring ALL immunization records with you. Immunizations are required for admission to Kent State University.
- Children's Official Documents
Bring ALL of your children's official documents, including passports, school records in English if possible, and immunization records, to enroll them in public schools. Children are required to go to school from ages 5-18.
Bring enough of any medication you take regularly to last you the twelve (12) months you are in the United States. You can get medication in the U.S. but your particular medication might not be available or it might not be the same.
*BRING A COPY OF ALL PRESCRIPTIONS OF ALL MEDICATIONS YOU ARE BRINGING INTO THE UNITED STATES. YOU MIGHT BE ASKED TO PRESENT THESE WHEN YOU CLEAR IMMIGRATION (CUSTOMS/BORDER CONTROL).
- 12-Month Supply of Disposable Contact Lenses
Remember to bring a twelve-month supply of disposable contact lenses if you wear them AND a current prescription for contacts and/or eyeglasses. In the U.S. a current prescription for contact lenses must be dated within the past year. A current prescription for glasses must be dated within the past two years.
You can bring your iPhone or other smartphones if they have interchangeable sim cards in the U.S. You can then purchase only the sim card to avoid the purchase of a new phone
If you and your family have computers, Chrome books or iPads, you may need to purchase new electric connectors to accommodate our 120-voltage, and American style plugs. These can be purchased easily in the U.S.
- Electric Personal Appliances
For all electric personal appliances like electric shavers, hair dryers, toothbrushes, clothes irons, or clothes steamers, it is better to leave yours at home and purchase new with the appropriate 120 voltage and American style plugs.
- Hair Products
If you use hair dye, you may want to bring enough for the sixth-month stay. Your favorite brands and processes may not be available here; however, there are several salons in the surrounding area should you want to have your hair done professionally.
Bring some of your special spices from home in small cellophane or plastic bags, not bottles. Special spices are harder to find in the U.S. and are more expensive. Pack them in your checked luggage.
- Child Car Seat
Car Seat is required for children at certain age ranges. See more information in Living in Ohio. You may be bringing a car seat on the airplane; otherwise, you will need to purchase a car seat for all your children at Walmart or Target or another store that provides them in Kent, Streetsboro or the surrounding area.
As an Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...
You will probably be asked to share something about your culture at the public schools, so you may want to bring traditional clothing and small artifacts to share.
Digital family photos, photos of your school and classrooms, or your home would also be interesting to American audiences.